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My DD has starting doing some crazy things recently while BF'ing. It all started with her latching then turnng her head to the opposite direction while still attached? She will do it a few times during a session. Is that normal? It doesn't really hurt me, but it is a little annoying.<br>
Now she has really started to go a little wild. She will change her position constantly, head turning, legs going from one side to the other, downward facing dog (this is the best way to describe it, bum up in the air<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">) all while attached.<br>
This is not every feeding, but it is getting more common (she still feeds every two hours or so and I would say it happens at least during 2 of them). She has also started grabbing my face, pulling hair and grabbing my breast, all of which does hurt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><br><br>
I know she needs to learn some nursing manners, but how do I go about it?<br>
Thanks in advance.
 

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Totally normal in my experience. Nursing an infant is such serene, civilized experience compared to nursing a toddler. Nursing a toddler is like herding cats - you get the job done, but it sure ain't pretty!<br><br>
I wish I could give you advice in nursing manners, but my DD is a wild child and hasn't learned any yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I have four lo's, my youngest is almost 1 yr old and he is quite the nursing acrobat. Sound's perfectly normal to me (but it can get really annoying sometimes)
 

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Yeah, normal and I don't have any advice either as my dd does the same thing. Just today she was nursing with one foot in my lap, kinda standing the other up over my shoulder, definitely interesting. lol If she is tired she will lay nicely but that is about the only time. I just ignore her unless it hurts, it doesn't bother me that much as we are mainly home.
 

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Wow, I really never knew this!<br>
I am wondering if this is part of the reason people wean before a year. My MIL insists that DH and her other 2 boys all weaned themselves at 6 months, when she witnessed one of DD's crazy nursing sessions she said "yup, she wants 'real' food, she's bored" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><br>
Oh well, I guess a gymnastic nursing session is better than no session at all!<br>
Thanks for the input! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Interestingly, if you continue nursing into toddlerhood, the active nursing slows down and they go back to nursing nicely. Seems like mine have all quieted down around 18 monthes and after that just lay nicely in my arms to nurse-when they are finished with the nursing session then they go back to running around crazily<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">.
 

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DS, who is 8 months old, does the same thing, especially when we are nursing lying down. He sticks his butt up in the air, and squirms. He's trying really hard to learn to crawl, so I was thinking it might be due to that...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Interestingly, if you continue nursing into toddlerhood, the active nursing slows down and they go back to nursing nicely. Seems like mine have all quieted down around 18 monthes and after that just lay nicely in my arms to nurse-when they are finished with the nursing session then they go back to running around crazily<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">.</div>
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Is there any hope for me? DD is 22 months and is still doing tricks while nursing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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ugh, i know and i am over it. i can't do anything but hold her because she's extremely h.n. and now i really can't do anything because she's flailing. she hates nursing in the sling and yesterday while we were shopping at goodwill i almost dropped her because she was wanting to nurse and rip all the tags off of stuff! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> it's like breastfeeding an octopus. she is also close to crawling...
 

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i'm totally stealing this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> !
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Totally normal in my experience. Nursing an infant is such serene, civilized experience compared to nursing a toddler. Nursing a toddler is like herding cats - you get the job done, but it sure ain't pretty!<br><br>
I wish I could give you advice in nursing manners, but my DD is a wild child and hasn't learned any yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"></div>
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herding cats, I love that!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh"> I think it is really normal. DD was the same way from 1 year on, her feet would often end up by my head with her laughing and spewing milk at the same time, LOL. For the stuff that hurts I would just end the nursing session when she did that and then start again. That way she may learn that when she hurts mommy nursing ends and she won't do it so much, KWIM?
 

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My 11 mo old DS does this as well. He looks like either a seal pup (laying on his belly) or a puppy (on his hand and knees) nursing when I'm on my back and he's climbing all over me. He will also latch on (while side lying nursing) and then do a roll, taking me with him for part of it. He then re-latches and does it again. It's like he has so much energy to burn and he just has to get it all out.<br><br>
We co-sleep and it usually takes anywhere from 30 min to an hour or more to get his battery to finally wind down and for him to fall asleep. I thought maybe it was a gender thing due to testosterone in boys, but apparently not. Eh, it will be a fond memory in the years to come.
 

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i call it stunt nursing, and i think it should be an olympic sport <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Mine are 6 months right now and I keep telling my hubby that feeding them lately is like trying to nurse a hungry octopus with ADD. They're hungry, and crabby, but HOLY CRAP THE DOG JUST WAGGED ITS TAIL.<br><br>
I was really hoping it would settle down soon! Oh my!
 
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